Home & Decor

Life’s a Beach


The owners of this Lions Bay home, a doctor and a personal trainer, have three active teenage boys. They love to take surfing trips to Hawaii so making a home that felt like a vacation all year long was a big dream for them. Located on an oceanfront property, their home gives you the best of both worlds, offering the perks of beach life with the comforts of home.
For Designer Sarah Marie Lackey, the ocean was the biggest inspiration when designing this home. Using whites and pastels gives the space a more oceanfront look and feel. Her goal was to maximize natural lighting but also make sure the space felt just as light and airy during darker winter months. A few favorite features in the home included mismatched wood chairs with a white wash finish to tie them all together and of course, the ocean view from the kitchen island.
Sarah’s advice for others wanting to renovate is to always start with a vision board and make your intentions for each space clear. Think about how you’d want to feel not just on those busy days, but also on the laid back, relaxing days as well. A place to enjoy your morning coffee, a comfortable place to spend your afternoons reading or relaxing, a large eating area to have meals with family and friends, etc.
It’s also important to choose where you want to splurge or where you want to save. For this project, they saved mainly on furniture by using second hand or vintage pieces. If you can find what you’re looking for second hand, do it! Save money and give the piece another life. Not only do you end up with a unique look, but it’s eco-conscious as well.
They splurged in the kitchen to maximize the cabinet storage space. She wanted to make sure there was enough room for some larger appliances that are much needed when you have multiple teenagers in the house. Spending a little extra on things that will improve functionality based on your own needs and lifestyle is never a bad idea!
Design by Sarah Marie Lackey www.sarahmarieinteriors.com
Photography by Tracey Ayton www.traceyaytonphotography.com

TEXT Rayelle Cloutier-Williams

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